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The Conversation: Monday, March 26th, 2018

Master Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts
U.S. Air Force

Disaster Vulnerability; Cesspool Task Force; Challenges of Low Unemployment; Emotional Learning


Credit Master Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts / U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Jitu Whitehead, a transmission and distribution specialist with the 249th Engineering Battalion, D-Company, repairs power lines in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Hawaii’s Disaster Vulnerability: Electrical Grid

Hawaii’s position as the most remote population center in the world leaves the islands uniquely vulnerable to a disaster. We explore the vulnerability of Hawaii’s people and infrastructure in a five-part series. In the first installment, we look at the electrical grid, where 60% of power plants lie in an inundation zone.

Scott Seu, Hawaiian Electric Company

Intro Music: Crosstown Traffic by Jimi Hendrix

Outro Music: Little Black Submarine by The Black Keys


Credit Septic Advisor

Regional Cesspool Task Forces

There are almost 90,000 cesspools across Hawaii releasing 53 million gallons of untreated sewage into the ground each day. The State of Hawaii is trying to wean residents off them and part of that effort could be the creation of County-level task forces to spearhead the transition.

Stuart Coleman, Surfrider Foundation

Intro Music: My Lady Got Two Men - Instrumental Version by Atmosphere

Outro Music: Dirty Work by Steely Dan


Credit Wikimedia Commons

Low Unemployment Creates Local Hiring Struggles

The U.S. military is one of the largest employers in Hawaii. With installations across the state, it takes many people to support its mission. Low unemployment makes it harder for managers to fill vacancies. That is why on Wednesday those jobs will be front and center at acareer fair at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

Shawn Morrissey, Navy Region Hawaii

Intro Music: Acoustic Hip Hop Beats by Deep Hip Hop Rap Beat System

Outro Music: Flowers by Distal


Credit Washoe County School District

Building Peace and Compassion through Social Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning, or SEL, is a new term of art in today’s educational community; it describes a set of programs aimed at repairing the social fabric by teaching compassion and encouraging healthy social interaction.     

Robbie Kane

Intro Music: Guru by Coast Modern

Outro Music: Vagabond Moon by Willie Nile

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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